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We asked Elaine McGarrigle from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

Elaine McGarrigle

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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Elaine McGarrigle

The most important skill that a person in my position can have is communication.

One needs to be able to communicate effectively with people of all levels in order to do a days work. I think that this is the most important quality, to be able to fit in well with people, everyone from the operators to the senior management, one needs to be able to read them and how best to communicate with them.

An interest in basic engineering and in the heavy machine industry.

It is important to realise that working as a mechanical engineer in Irish Cement does not generally involve sitting at your desk all day. It involves alot of hands on, on-site work so a person needs to be prepared to get their hands dirty.

Another quality that is important is to be willing to learn. Even after a number of years in college, one needs to be eager to learn the ins and outs of a new environment; how cement is made, what equipment is involved, what generally goes wrong and how it is fixed.

Everyone will help and teach you but you need to open your mind and be prepared to take it all in.

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Information Officer

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Information Officer
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€22 - 55
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Entrants: 22 - 26
Established: 35 - 55
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Last Updated: March, 2017

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Organises, researches and collects information in a specialised reference library.


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Information Officers are not unlike librarians. They handle information in a variety of media, books, journals, newspapers, leaflets, video, audio cassettes, microfiche, multimedia, CDs, computer databases, etc. Their responsibilities include:

  • being aware for new publications and materials and deciding what to add to the library

  • cataloguing, classifying and indexing new material to make it available to library users

  • helping people to access the information

identifying, selecting, ordering and managing both hard copy and electronic resources for the organisations current and anticipated information needs. This may also include answering queries from an immediate client group and the general public.


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As an Information Officer you need to be an out-going person capable of dealing with and communicating with people effectively both written and orally.  
 
You need to possess good research skills and an enquiring mind, an appreciation of the role of information technology and the ability to cope with it, as it is used extensively to record, store and disseminate information.  
 
A high level of literacy is required and an interest in reading is desirable to keep up to date with new information.  
 
You must also be able to market library services and teach users library and information-seeking skills.  
 
You also need to be able to work as part of a team in order to retrieve and communicate information to clients and other team members.  
 
A willingness to learn and develop your knowledge is also important as you will need to keep yourself informed of latest developments.


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Organisation: UCD School of Information and Library Studies
Address: Library Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4
Tel: (01) 716 7055/7080
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